What is a Church Plant?
This is a really good question. A church plant is a new church that is starting in a new location. A church plant is usually supported by other churches to help spread the good news that Jesus has come to rescue us from a fallen world. We need new churches to be planted all over the world because it springs new life into a community.
Will My Family Members With Special Needs Be Welcome?
YES! We love those that have special needs! We are trying to be an inclusive church to those impacted by disabilities and desire to serve this community well. Our lead pastor has a son that has Cerebral Palsy and he is a big part of why we are planting Journey Church. Please let us know how we can serve you.
Where Do You Meet?
We meet every Sunday morning at the Siloam Springs 6 located at 1102 S Carl St, Siloam Springs.
When Do You Meet?
Our service time for Sunday mornings is 10 am.
What Does a Typical Sunday Gathering Look Like?
Our Sunday morning gatherings are for the sole purpose of worshipping Jesus. We want to set the table with our guest in mind. That means we think about our guest from the time you pull in the parking lots, as you walk in the door, drop off kids in our children’s ministry, find a seat in the theater, worship through music, our life-application teaching, and when you walk out. We will set the table for our guest because we want you to meet our King.
Do You Have A Children’s Ministry?
Yes! We welcome children to come and have a blast learning about the bible! Our children’s area is a clean, safe, fun environment where children are taught age-appropriate curriculum. All of our volunteers and staff have background checks and have been trained to point children to Jesus.
Why Start a New Church in Siloam Springs?
There is a question that comes up often to our team and it’s “there are so many churches in Siloam, do we really need another one?” This is a valid and important question. I want to share why we are planting a new church in Siloam Springs. I have to start with I don’t fully know why God has called us to plant here, but I know that He has.
My wife and I spent 4 years praying and seeking God for clarity to know that He was calling us to plant. We did not and do not want to plant a church if it’s in our own power. We spent time praying, fasting, reading scripture, and seeking wise counsel. We spent time seeking mature believers to pray for us and they asked us difficult questions. I am 100% confident that God has called us to plant Journey Church in Siloam Springs.
The first answer to the question is that God has called and we are simply responding in obedience. We realize that when God calls, it will not always make sense, but we are called to obedience. We fully understand that there are currently really great churches doing incredible ministry in Siloam and around the world. We celebrate what they are doing and want to lock arms with others that are building His kingdom.
Most churches have the same message: Jesus crucified for the salvation of sinners. What we could not do on our own, Christ paid for on the cross. Salvation is through faith alone, in Christ alone. The message never changes, but the methods do. The method that Journey Church will use is going to look different than other churches. We will be able to reach people that others will not and they will be able to reach people that we will not be able to reach. Both are wins because the Kingdom wins!
That leads me to the next point. There are still people in our community that need Jesus. “Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven” (leading missiologist C.Peter Wagner). Our vision is to connect with people on their journey and point them to Jesus. We are starting a new church to reach those that are not currently committed to a church. We are not looking for “transfer” growth (transfer growth is growing a church by people transferring from another church). We realize that we will have people that will come to our church from other churches, and if the Spirit leads them, then we would welcome them. We will not go and recruit people that are currently committed to a local church.
When one is researching areas to see if it would be a good place to start a new church, there are some things that you should look for. Population growth- It doesn’t take long to know that Siloam Springs has had incredible growth in the last ten years, and future predictions are that we will continue to see growth. The overall growth of Northwest Arkansas is not slowing down anytime soon. This will continue to bring jobs to our area. Research shows that new church plants are very effective in reaching new residents and a new generations. It is easier to connect to community inside a new church and find a place to serve.
There are hard facts that we do not like to hear, but we cannot deny they exist. Churches are dying at a faster rate than new ones are being planted. “Of the 250,000 Protestant churches in America, 200,000 are either stagnant (with no growth) or declining. That is 80% of the churches in America and maybe the one you attend, if you attend at all. 4,000 churches close their doors every single year. There is less than half of the number of churches today than there were only 100 years ago. 3,500 people leave the church every single day. Since 1950, there are 1/3rd fewer churches in the U.S” (Source http://tinyurl.com/pwyzqguPastor James McDonald).
Journey Church is starting because God has called us, there are still a lot of people that need Jesus, and to plant more churches. We believe in church multiplication. We desire to be a church plant that is planting churches. The reason is that we need new churches in Siloam and around the world!
If you do not currently have a church that you are committed to then I would love to share more about Journey Church with you. We have a BIG vision to reach and impact our community and world. We have small groups that meets on Sunday night. On October 11, 2015 we will begin holding our public worship gatherings at the Siloam Springs 6 Movie Theatre. We do have a lot going on before then, so please connect with us if you are interested in hearing more about our vision.